Vintage Tokai quesion

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  1. AK Epi Player

    AK Epi Player Senior Member

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    Just wondering if anyone knows why some older Tokai's have the model number stamped on the bottom of the FB, and others don't?

    I have two 1980's, (LS-50, LS-80), and a '82 LS-80. None of them have a stamp. But, have seen others of similar age that do....?

    Often thought it was just the higher models that did, but was looking at some LS-50's on Digimart earlier today, and there was a '79 "Reborn" (like mine) that had the "50" stamp. :hmm:

    Just curious.
     
  2. therealfrogman

    therealfrogman A fool and his money.... Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Weird idea but I think some just got stickers then they ran out and the head luthier said hey, look..... Im gonna stamp it at the base of the neck. Just my delusion of .02
     
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    swampblues Senior Member

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    All my 79's 80's and 100 had stamps on board
     
  4. AK Epi Player

    AK Epi Player Senior Member

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    Hey Swampy,
    good to hear from you!

    So, maybe they stopped doing this after '79?
     
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    AbbeSauniere Senior Member

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    No stamps on my ‘80 LS80 or ‘83 LS120.
     
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    mono Senior Member

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    Stamps used in 78 and 79, then they moved onto stickers from 80 and beyond I believe.

    No idea why the change though.
     
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    AK Epi Player Senior Member

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    Thanks Mono!
    That would "esplain" it.

    The other thing that caught my attention looking at the 50's on Digi was that selling prices on them have gone up a lot: 80K, 86K, and 118K for the GT. Yikes! :shock:
     
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    mono Senior Member

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    Yeah they have become a lot more known about over the last 5 years. Compare what you are getting to the approximate modern day equivalent, a Gibson standard....
    Edwards have always been cheaper but I have never owned one.
     
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    I've never owned a 78 or 79 but have went through a gaggle of 80-83 and none of them were ever stamped. Very few of them even had the stickers as you can imagine. That was just lazy and tacky for what are incredible instruments.
     
  11. Emiel

    Emiel Senior Member

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    I have a 1980 Reborn Old LS80 with a stamp on the board. Perhaps they switched to stickers when they renamed it to Love Rock.
     
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    Somewhere in 1980 they switched to the stickers, would be interesting to see if any Love Rock with a stamp.
     
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    El Kabong Senior Member

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    My '80 LS-120 and '80 LS-80 are both stamped... FWIW...
     
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    luis Senior Member

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    I agree Emiel, some early Reborn Old have stamped the model at last fret . I have a very rare hard to find one no sticker but 80 stamped, you can see one of this odd models in fantastic Peter Mac's book I am lucky to own.
     

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